8/30/2006

Pretty Mommy!

Oh...I'm the prettiest mommy ever! Super O decided that my hairdo just wasn't up to par, so she gave me a new do! She's been very interested in combing my hair lately. I'm not sure how to take that. I'm not into high glamour, but I didn't think I looked that bad. Anyway, Super O likes to sit in the chair with me and comb my hair. It's kinda soothing for me, so I let her comb to her hearts content. Well tonight she decided to actually make a do. She used a small butterfly clip about half way up on the right side. Hmmmm...I've never thought of doing it that way! If I could take a picture of myself, I would have and posted it for the whole world to see. She was just so proud of herself!

Not much else happened today. It's a Wednesday, need I say more?

8/29/2006

Boring day!

Not much happened today. Work was boring. Dinner was boring. Big Brother was on, so that's a plus!

Super O is a wierd child! She has this new thing where she takes her sandals off in the car as soon as I pick her up from daycare. She then proceeds to check between the cracks in her toes for toe jam. Then she smells her feet, plugs her nose, waves her other hand in the air and says "Mama, shoowee!!". What's up with that? Are all children this gross? Where she gets this from I'll never know. This is my cute little blond baby! She's not a man!!

Anyway...nothing new to report on the school front. We're definitly shopping on Saturday morning for big girl panties. I'm preparing her by telling her what's gonna happen on Saturday. We're throwing the pull-ups in the garbage and going cold turkey with the panties. Wish us luck!!

8/28/2006

Let the battle begin...

If you've read my past posts, you know that Super O is 3 1/2yrs old and not talking yet. I took her for an early childhood eval last spring at my local elementary school and basically they said "she needs speech therapy, but we can only do it at 2:30 on Tues & Thurs afternoon and we can't provide transportation". HELLO...I'm a single mom who works full time! I work 30 miles from home and her daycare is 10 miles from home (in another school district). Since it was the end of the school year (4 weeks left), I decided to forego the therapy until school started again. Guess what??? School is starting again.

I had a meeting with her daycare teachers and the director. Everyone feels she needs the help, but we should try to do it at the elem school in the town the daycare is in. The daycare teachers and early childhood/speech teachers can work together. Not to mention the fact that Super O is shy and stubborn. If we put her in our elem school, we all feel she would go backwards because of the new environment. If we can get her into the other elem school, she'll be with friends from daycare AND she can ride the bus. Obviously I want her closer to the school because of the transportation and the fact that all of the teachers can work together.

Now, the fun begins. My state has an "Open Enrollment" law. Basically, during the month of February, a parent can enroll their child in a school other than the one where they live. Well, it's not February...it's August. I missed the deadline. The other issue is that my resident district has to pay tuition to the other school. I'm sure they'll hate that. Well, tough shit! I'm completely unimpressed with my local elementary school and the new principal is my upstairs neighbor. The guy is a complete jerk!! I don't want my child to have anything to do with that school. So...here's where we are.

I called the county special education consortium. This is the agency that governs all of the special education in my county. Both of the schools are in the consortium. Basically, I was told that because of the way the laws are written, I can't change her school district without doing the open enrollment. Since I missed open enrollment, that's not an option. I have to let my local school "program" (that's the word they use) her. It doesn't matter to them that I have a transportation issue. Either take it or leave it was the feeling I got.

I called the elem school principal at the school I want her to go to. She told me that it's not as bleak as the consortium made it out to be. She suggested moving forward and meeting with my local school to see what they have to offer. If they "allow" me to transfer Super O, then there's no issue.

I talked to my daycare director (who is the most wonderful woman in the world!!). She is very pro-family. I'm getting a "release of information" form so that I can have her speak on my behalf. She's also agreed to go to any meetings with me if I want her there. HELL YES!! This woman is like a bulldog with a bone. She feels VERY strongly about Super O being in the elem school near the daycare!

I could move to the other town. This is a last ditch option. My mom currently lives right around the corner from me and is a huge help with Super O. She sees NeeNee (that's what O calls grandma) at least 5-6 days a week. As a single mom, I don't know what I would do with out NeeNee so close. She's my rock! I don't want to move 10 miles away from her just because some consortium doesn't want to help my baby!!!

So...I'm going along with the system for now. We'll see what happens. I also have an appt. with a speech therapist at our local hospital next month. Maybe I can get some help there.

Mind you, this is the extremely condensed version of the story. This has been going on for a few weeks now. In the meantime, Super O isn't getting the help she needs! As her mom, I don't care if she never uses words. She signs to let me know what she wants. However, her lack of speech is affecting her friendships at daycare. Other kids think she's "wierd" because she doesn't talk. She's also started hitting kids because they can't understand what she wants. Maybe I should beat them up :)

Wow...Visitors already...

Thanks to those of you who visited my blog and left comments. I thought I would eventually have a few visitors, but I had no idea it would happen so quickly.

I'm going to try the dry undies or wet legs tactic this weekend. Unfortunately I have carpet in most of my apartment, so I'll have to be on top of Super O...but I CAN DO IT!!!

This is gonna be a short entry. I feel like crap today, actually left work at 11:00. Why is it that at 35yrs old the best place to be when you're sick is STILL at mommy's house? Thank goodness my mom isn't working right now. She let me come over and camp on her couch...she made me lunch and gave me medicine. Mom's ROCK!

Thanks again to my visitors!

8/27/2006

Mama poo-poo!!

We've been working on potty training for a year now! Super O goes through periods where she's interested, then she's not interested. Did I tell you how stubborn she is? Well, recently we've been going poop in the potty! Out of nowhere, she'll just say "Mama, poo-poo". We run to the bathroom and sure enough, she goes. She won't do number 1 on the toilet, but she's a pro at #2. By the way, "Mama, poo-poo" is the closest she comes to a full sentence.

I've tried everything I can think of to get her trained. We've bought real underwear (Nemo and Elmo, her favorites). I've used stickers and small toys as rewards. I've begged, I've pleaded. I've even ignored it all together. Nothing works with this kid. I guess she figures that superheros don't have to worry about everyday things like where they relieve themselves.

Any ideas? Feel free to post a comment with a suggestion.

A little about Super O!!

This is me and Super O. My brother (uncle Brian) started calling her "O" about a year ago. When someone asks Olivia what her name is, she answers "O". She's 3 1/2 and doesn't talk much. I've heard everything from "she needs speech therapy" to "it's not uncommon for a kid her age to not talk, just leave her alone and she'll start when she's ready". It's not that she can't talk, I've caught her saying lots of things...she's just stubborn and doesn't want to talk. Because she doesn't talk, we use a lot of sign language with her. I think this has allowed her to become extremely expressive when she's trying to communicate a thought. I've never seen a kid her age with the facial expressions she has.

I know that my opinion is biased, because she's my baby, but complete strangers have told me how adorable she is. She's very opinionated and isn't afraid to let you know how she's feeling. There are times that I know I should nip her attitude in the bud, but she's just so darn cute... What's a mom to do? By the way...I am a single mom. O's dad decided he didn't want the responsibility, so he moved to Florida to let his new girlfriend support him. We're better off without him :)

So...that's the background of Super O. Check back often for her adventures. There's no telling what she's gonna do next!

First time blogger...

I've never really done a blog before. After reading The (TV) Show Must Go On and becoming addicted to the comments section, I decided to give it a shot. Hope anyone who reads it enjoys it!